We're thrilled to present a collection of short films by emerging local filmmakers, that tell authentic stories of LGBTIQ experiences.
The SBS On Demand collection, Queer for Short: Home Grown, was developed between SBS and Create NSW and the work of creative teams across NSW.
You can watch them all now (see links below), and the films will also feature in a special 3-part series, Queer for Short: Movies Home Grown, that will be hosted by The Feed’s Pat Abboud, and screens on SBS VICELAND at 8pm on Thursdays commencing 15 February. In each of the three programs, Pat will go behind the scenes, and meet the filmmakers.
See below for information and links to watch all six short films.
Concern for Welfare
Company: Red Seeds Production
- Director: Fadia Abboud
- Producer: Alissar Gazal
- Writer: Nick Parsons
Synopsis: Ali is a gay Lebanese probationary constable and kicking against her Muslim brother’s controlling behaviour. When she attends a ‘concern for welfare’ and discovers the body of an elderly man who died alone and unnoticed, she realises the value of a loving family, even if they can be misguided.
Genre: Drama/Contemporary Social Issues/History and Identity
- Producer: Rebecca Janek
- Writer/Director: Adrian Chiarella
A lonely Chinese immigrant sells black market abalone in Sydney’s suburbs. When his supplier falls through, he has a meeting with a young man who makes him consider the limits and possibilities of his life.
Company: Wintergarden Pictures
- Director: Joshua Longhurst
- Producer: Rosie Braye
- Writer: Tim Spencer
Synopsis: Shantelle works at the local supermarket in her hometown of Young, NSW. Between stacking the shelves with cherries and scrolling through women on Snapchat, there doesn't appear to be much going on in her life to keep her there. But when she discovers her wayward teenage sister, Tamara, posting nude pics online, Shantelle must hunt her down and, with the help of a callow workmate, stop Tamara crossing a dangerous line. Faced with the bigotry of her small country town as she attempts to balance the duality of her responsibility and her sexuality, Shantelle must choose who to protect – her sister, herself or a young gay man at risk.
Company: In-Between Pictures
- Producer: Maren Smith
- Writer/Director: Vonne Patiag
Synopsis: Justin, a young Australian-born Filipino boy who is constantly bullied for being different, announces to his Uncle Norman that he’d like to dress as a girl because “girls don’t get hit.” Norman, a migrant dealing with his own restricted forms of self-expression in Western Sydney, reveals himself to be a cross-dresser in the sexually-fluid 'Bakla' tradition, and together they hit the main streets of Blacktown dressed in drag, celebrating their shared Filipino culture.
- Producer: Belinda Dean, Morgan Benson-Taylor
- Writer/Director: Stef Smith
- Writer: Jonny Hawkins
Synopsis: BASED ON A TRUE STORY. We first meet young Jonny as he prepares to give the performance of a lifetime; a private rendition of 'Happy Birthday, Mr President' in the style of Marilyn Monroe. He is elated, but receives a lacklustre response from his parents and their guests. We next meet Jonny in his early 20s. He’s become a youth leader at a hip, modern Christian Church. After the service he is greeted by his girlfriend and we wonder, how did THAT boy, become THIS boy? Joy Boy follows through a series of fractured events in Jonny’s journey to fully embracing his inner self, his sexuality, and his joy. This is the true story of Jonny, his mother’s little Joy Boy.
Company: Someone Like U Productions
- Director/Writer: Sara West
- Producers: Jordan Cowan, Grace Taylor
Synopsis: Gert’s a weirdo – she’s an outcast at school, questions her own sexuality and loathes her little sister who bursts with confidence on a bad day. To make things worse, Gert’s mum Sal has decided, since leaving her husband, that she’d like to have a girlfriend. When Tex, Sal’s new girlfriend, rolls into town in her decked out semi-trailer to take the girls on a wild ride, it’s time for the ultimate test – will they survive the dreaded family road-trip?